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With an all-new New Year’s Eve gala dinner hosted among the palm trees of the spectacular pool garden, a tantalizing line-up of culinary happenings and a selection of value-added festive stay packages, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal is setting the festive magic in motion with an attractive collection of offers that will appeal to families, groups of friends and couples alike.

FESTIVITIES

Christmas Roast
Take-Away Turkey Dinner

December 20-26

Giornotte team will take the hassle out of preparing a festive dinner and have your meal ready for a pick-up with just a 24-hour notice. It includes a 4-kilogram whole roasted turkey with stuffing, giblet gravy and roasted root vegetables.

Yule Log Market in Dolce Café
December 8 to January 3

Festively decorated mini yule logs in traditional flavours such as vanilla and chocolate will be available at Dolce café for dining in and take-away. Personalised yule logs in a variety of flavours and designs are available with a 24-hour notice.

Gingerbread House Decorating Classes in Dolce Café
December 10-15, December 17-22, December 26-29
Two classes a day: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Dolce’s popular gingerbread house-making classes encourage children to fashion their own versions of the model house in a friendly and casual setting of the vibrant Dolce café. With delectable treats such as marshmallows, candy sticks, candy floss and gingerbread cookies as decoration, the little chefs can get creative under the guidance of the pastry team and the parents’ supervision.

Advance reservations required. Recommended for children aged four to 12.

Taste of Arabia at Mijana
December 19-23, December 26-30, January 1
8 p.m. to midnight

Watch a belly dancer perform to traditional Arabic melodies, enjoy a live band and sample Mijana’s signature fruit-flavoured shisha blend on an atmospheric terrace. An extensive a la carte menu featuring hot and cold mezzeh, kebabs, grills and Middle Eastern desserts completes this immersive Arabian Nights experience.

Festive Afternoon Tea in Alba
December 10 - January 1
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A comfortable, classic lobby lounge with its vaulted ceiling and semi-private dining areas is the perfect place to try a selection of savoury and sweet treats inspired by traditional flavours of Christmas and paired with your preferred tea or coffee blend.

Bistro Night at Giornotte
December 29
7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Giornotte’s Bistro Night combines lively French ambiance and traditional Gallic cuisine, including a well-stocked cheese station, oysters, homemade pâté and mouthwatering Christmas desserts. Guests are invited to retreat to an al fresco terrace or choose the main dining room that stays true to the hotel’s Venetian concept.

Giornotte Brunches
December 23, 25 & 30 and January 1
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Giornotte’s award-winning brunch shines with its masterfully presented live cooking stations serving everything from freshly shucked oysters to wagyu beef. Children will delight in the sweet wonders of Dolce café with candy floss, popcorn, waffles and chocolate fountains while parents explore the cheese room and beverage stations. Live music perfectly completes the experience. Brunch is followed by an after-party at Sorso bar with a selection of handcrafted beverages and resident DJ on the decks.

Christmas Eve

December 24

Bistro Night in Giornotte
December 24
7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Classic bistro menu will feature a festive selection with highlights including live duck confit station, prime ribs, whole baked salmon and sea bass in salt crust, Christmas éclairs, Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, yule logs, mince pies and more. Gallic cuisine will be represented by a well-stocked cheese station and a wide range of sumptuous Christmas desserts. The bistro ambience will be helped along by live music and the atmospheric setting both indoors and outdoors on the picturesque terrace.

Dinner at The Forge
December 24
7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Forge presents a delectable five course set menu featuring a deliciously decadent Manhattan clam chowder, black sea bass with wild mushrooms, succulent wagyu tenderloin with butter poached Canadian lobster as well as Pavlova vacherin for dessert.

Dinner at Li Jiang
December 24
7 p.m. to midnight

Let the conversation flow over an a la carte menu featuring a variety of Pan Asian cuisines ranging from Vietnamese and Chinese to Malaysian and Singaporean that are all perfect for sharing.

Christmas Day

December 25

Brunch at Giornotte
December 25
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Our Christmas Day brunch boasts over 30 live cooking stations including slow roasted wagyu beef leg carving with cranberry sauce and Yorkshire pudding, seafood and oyster bar and Dolce dessert room offering panettone, chocolate fondue, Christmas cookies, minced pies, yule logs and more.  Entertainment - courtesy of the live band - adds to the atmosphere of elegance and sophistication. Brunch is followed by an after-party at Sorso Bar with a selection of handcrafted beverages and resident DJ on the decks.

Dinner at The Forge
December 25
7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Forge presents a delectable five course set menu featuring a deliciously decadent Manhattan clam chowder, black sea bass with wild mushrooms, succulent wagyu tenderloin with butter poached Canadian lobster as well as Pavlova vacherin for dessert.

Dinner at Li Jiang
December 25
7 p.m. to midnight

Let the conversation flow over an extensive a la carte menu featuring a variety of Pan Asian cuisines ranging from Vietnamese and Chinese to Malaysian and Singaporean.

New Year’s Eve

December 31

Gala Dinner at Giornotte
December 31
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Ring in the New Year with a dine-around experience in a spectacular pool garden setting under the swaying palm trees decorated with fairy lights. The sumptuous gourmet buffet will feature all of your culinary favourites, including tapas and ceviche stations, sushi and sashimi, foie gras, oyster and seafood bar, Arabic specialties and a wide range of main courses. Enjoy live entertainment and dancing throughout the evening and, at midnight, celebrate with spectacular fireworks over the Grand Canal and a glass of bubbly on the beach.

Dinner at The Forge
December 31
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Savour a delicious five course feast from our special New Year’s set menu, including wagyu beef carpaccio, Scottish salmon and langoustine terrine, butternut squash soup, seared scallops with chanterelle mushrooms and Master Kobe tenderloin followed by a decadent chocolate dessert. Then join the party over at Giornotte for live music and dancing, before witnessing the spectacular midnight fireworks display with a glass of bubbly on the beach.

New Year’s Eve After Party at Sorso Bar
1 a.m. – 4 a.m.

After ringing in the New Year with a celebratory glass of bubbly and fireworks on the beach at midnight, all guests celebrating at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi restaurants are invited to the open bar and dance floor in Sorso to get down to the sounds of resident DJ and wave goodbye to 2016. 21 years and over only.